New York Islanders forward Kieffer Bellows propelled Team USA to a 3-0 victory over Great Britain in today's IIHF World Championship matchup. Team USA was coming off a 4-1 loss to Finland on Monday and bounced back quite well against Britain. Team USA is now 3-1 in the tournament on the backs of Bellows and Seth Jones who are tied for the lead in team points with four.
Bellows is skating on USA's top line with Adam Gaudette and Sean Farrell. Early in the third period, Bellows rifled a shot past Britain goaltender Jackson Whistle on the power play giving the USA a 2-0 lead. Later in the period, the USA went back to the power play and Bellows went top shelf potting his second power-play goal of the game from the right circle.
Through four games at the IIHF World Championships, Bellows is in a seven-way tie for the second-most goals in the tournament. He's just one goal shy of tying the tournament leaders (Pierre Luc Dubois, Denis Malgin, and Rasmus Asplund) in goals scored.
Bellows' scoring ability is on full display at the World Championships. With the Islanders looking to make improvements to their own goal-scoring needs, Bellows' performance may impress new head coach, Lane Lambert. The former first-round draft pick in 2016 could put himself into consideration for a full-time role for the first time in his career with the Islanders, or he's increasing his own value in one of those "hockey trades" we've heard so much about recently.